The White House will likely have to give Russia more time on the U.N. Human Rights Council after it vetoed three resolutions Friday, including one to investigate alleged abuses by Syrian government troops in a deadly chemical weapons attack in April.
White House officials said President Trump didn’t use the veto Thursday to block the Syrian government from sending investigators to the U.N.’s Human Rights Council, but to prevent resolutions on alleged war crimes by Russia and other government forces in Ukraine that were submitted in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
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Russia and three other nations submitted a resolution asking that an inquiry into possible war crimes by forces in Syria be opened and that the council “immediately and unconditionally” investigate reports of a chemical weapons attack in rebel-held eastern Ghouta, which the United States and its allies say killed more than 1,300 people in April, according to Western diplomats and monitors.
That report would include evidence of use of chemical weapons by both sides in Syria’s civil war, including Syria’s alleged government forces who are also accused of killing civilians with chemical weapons. The proposed inquiry “will help ensure justice for victims, perpetrators and perpetrators’ families,” said Russian Deputy U.N. Ambassador Vladimir Safronkov after the vote.
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Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to the Russian proposal, according to the White House, whose own U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said Russia was “absolutely committed” to its goal of getting Assad’s forces to submit any evidence of use of chemical weapons, which they have denied doing.
Haley, who had pushed the Security Council for swift action against the use of chemical weapons, expressed disappointment with the veto, however, noting that the council’s resolution “has already set a precedent to protect human rights.”
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“This is a step backwards in the moral direction of international law,” Haley said. “Instead of moving to eliminate war crimes, Syria moved forward,” referring to Assad. The White House and the Defense Department didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment about this story.
U.N. Ambassador Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein welcomed the proposed inquiry because “we believe that it’s important that there be a credible effort to investigate these allegations,” which “will help bring perpetrators to justice and
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